The Elements: Fire, Earth, Air & Water
One method of getting a broad feel for an individual's psychological make up
is to look at the composition of the chart in relation to the elements.
Basically each zodiac sign has a element assigned to it as follows: Aries -
Fire; Taurus - Earth; Gemini - Air; Cancer - Water; Leo - Fire; Virgo - Earth;
Libra - Air; Scorpio - Water; Sagittarius - Fire; Capricorn - Earth; Aquarius -
Air; and Pisces - Water.
There are various methods used to work out the strength of the elements in a
natal chart. From my experience where there is a strong emphasis on one element,
there is another one that is not represented very strongly. This can indicate
that either the person has difficulty in expressing the attributes associated
with that element or becomes very proficient at them over time due to
overcompensation. In other words, the individual may feel that they have
difficulty in expressing certain traits and work hard at developing them.
Because they could be sensitive of this difficulty, they may develop the
qualities associated with the particular element more than the average person.
Anyway, let's have a look at some key words for the elements, what they can
mean, and how they can be utilised.
Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) = vital
People with an emphasis on the fire element tend to be outgoing,
inspirational and 'fiery'. When expressed well these people often are an
inspiration to others, are quite moral and can be very creative. If the person
has difficulty expressing or experiencing the more enjoyable aspects of the fire
element they may become selfish, risk-takers and/or inclined to give in to their
passions too easily. A lack of representation of this element can indicate a
lack of initiative, inspiration and difficulty in becoming inspired.
enthusiastic * optimistic * confident * naïve * self-centred * open *
egotistical * idealist * confronting * loyal * tactless * overbearing *
intuitive * has to feel free * high spirited * impatient * physically active *
ingenious * honest * trusting * impersonal * independent * warm * exaggerate *
insensitive * extroverted * inspirational * has to feel important *
Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) = physical
An emphasis on this element indicate a practical, cautious, and pragmatic
approach to life. In the majority of cases there is the need to build solid,
'real' material success, ie, car, home, career succeess. Earthy people may
benefit from connecting to the earth element via gardening, pottery, facial mud
packs, etc. Long range planning and the determination to succeed are strong
traits for this element, as is melancholy, greed and fear if taken too far. A
person with a lack of earth may find it difficult to live in the 'real' world
and to keep themselves grounded. Their expectations in general may be a little
cautious * conservative * materialistic * safe/secure * sceptics *
suspicioius * sensual * solid * purposeful * feel control over physical/material
* grounded * practical * organised * dependable * controlled * realistic *
introvert * appreciation of food, touch, etc. * efficient * strong survival
Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) = mental
Airy people are usually natural communicators. On a positive note they are
great and conceptual tasks and often tend to 'have their head in the clouds'! I
usually find that people with this element emphasised are extroverted and enjoy
being exposed to different ideas, knowledge is quite important to them. On the
down side though, they may be so busy living in their head that they lose touch
with reality. The lack of air in a birth chart can indicate difficulty in the
expression of that person. Communication of ideas and the ability to
conceptualise may prove difficult.
intellectual * rational * curious * idealistic * unemotional * animated *
uninvolved * conceptual * devoid of feeling * very sensitive * needs to
communicate * social * objective * impersonal * distant * opinionated * air has
least obvious bad qualities * theoretical * abstract * needs to socialise *
needs to share ideas *
Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) emotional
When the water element is emphasised in a person's natal chart they are
usually quite emotional - even if they don't show it (still waters run deep).
Confinement is not something these people deal well with, they are usually quite
resourceful. On a positive level watery people are caring, emotional and
artistic, but can also tend to exaggerate feelings out of proportion and live in
a fantasy world. When a person's chart lacks water, there is the tendency for
them to find it difficult to understand the feeling side of life and to show
compassion to those around them.
feeling * impressionable * moody * private * soulful * compassionate *
subconscious * irrational * introverted * soothing * fragile, but
strong/powerful * sensitive * cautious * vulnerable to hurt * intimate *
defensive * psychic * past * suffering * suspicious initially * self-contained *
picks up impressions * associated with healing *